Tarleton State University and Waxahachie ISD have agreed to an arrangement that offers guaranteed admission and annual scholarships for the top 25 percent of the district’s high school graduates, beginning with the 2020-21 school year.


Under the agreement, the Distinguished High School Partnership, Tarleton will waive ACT or SAT test requirements for students in the top quarter of their class and application fees for students who qualify.


“Waxahachie ISD is quite pleased to enter into this MOU with Tarleton State University,” said WISD Superintendent Bonny Cain. “This agreement will continue to expand options available for our students as they pursue post-secondary education. Most importantly it allows students to attend a university that exemplifies excellence with varying degree programs and gives them extra money to reduce the cost of college.”


The Guaranteed Award Program (GAP) assures first-time-in-college students graduating in the top 25 percent of their high school class between $1,000 and $4,000 in scholarships.


An additional $500 or $1,000 will be given to students graduating from one of Tarleton’s Distinguished High School Partners. Freshmen that are admitted must submit a general scholarship application to determine eligibility.


“We’re very excited to partner with Waxahachie ISD to ensure that some of the best and brightest students in Texas have the opportunity for a high-quality university experience,” said Tarleton President James L. Hurley. “This partnership aligns with our commitment to become a first-choice institution for regional high school seniors. They are destined to be our leaders and we have a social and economic responsibility to invest in their well-being.”


Currently, Tarleton is developing similar agreements with other school districts in the region.


Tarleton State University is located in Stephenville, Tx, a founding member of the Texas A&M University System.


For more information on GAP, go to www.tarletonstate.us/gap. To learn how to become a Tarleton Texan, visit www.tarleton.edu/becomeatexan/index.html.